Richmond hospital acquires
B.C. – A state-of-the-art CT scanner at the Milan and Maureen Ilich
Medical Imaging Centre is bringing diagnostic imaging at Richmond
Hospital to a new level. This equipment was funded 100% by donations to
the Richmond Hospital Foundation.
The $1.7 million 128-slice Adaptive CT scanner is an upgrade from
Richmond Hospital’s old 16-slice CT scanner. The new CT scanner will be
unique in the industry as it will adapt to almost any patient size –
it is built to accommodate patients of up to 550 pounds.
It also delivers unprecedented high quality diagnostic images, up to 68%
less radiation and 50% faster scanning time than previous technology.
This unique CT scanner will be able to do something the hospital’s old
machine can’t – cardiac imaging and non-invasive virtual colonography.
“It can help physicians determine the stage of cancers to help evaluate
trauma and stroke patients, to assess abdominal problems, and to
diagnose many other injuries and illnesses,” said Dr. Ian Dunn, Medical
Director of the Diagnostic Imaging Department. “Our new machine can now
provide 3-dimensional images, which means that our doctors can make a
better diagnosis with a precise pre-operative view.
“Patients can continue to expect the highest levels of care. It is a
device that is used daily by radiologists,” added Dr. Dunn. “As a
teaching hospital, the new CT scanner will also enhance Richmond
Hospital’s ability in teaching and training.”
CT is one of the best tools for looking at the chest and the abdomen.
The pictures from a CT let doctors see, measure and precisely locate
tumors. CT exams are often used to plan and properly administer
radiation treatments for tumors, to guide biopsies and other minimally
invasive procedures and to plan surgery. Last year in the Richmond
Hospital’s Milan and Maureen Ilich Medical Imaging Centre, 84,618 exams
were conducted, of which 12,696 were CT exams.
Emergency physician Dr. Bill West said “In terms of emergency care, the
new CT scanner is faster and the image quality is second to none. In
fact, because doctors are able to see images more precisely using
different formats, diagnosis and therapy can be expedited. These factors
mean a reduction in the length of each patient’s hospital visit without
affecting his or her quality of care. In the end, this efficiency of
care means shorter wait times for anyone wishing to be seen in the
department. Most important of all, patients can be assured that the best
technology is being used in their care and treatment. It is like night
and day compared to the old scanner.”
“The emergency physicians at Richmond Hospital are very grateful for the
incredibly generous community support our department has received.
Moreover, through the hard work of The Foundation, Richmond Hospital now
has the most advanced medical imaging equipment available to serve its
great community. Combined with the ongoing new renovations, Richmond
will have one of the best equipped and state of the art emergency
departments in the Lower Mainland,” said Dr. West.
CT exams clearly identify internal injuries to the liver, spleen and
kidney. The image show even very small bones as well as surrounding
tissues like muscle and blood vessels. This makes CT invaluable for
diagnosing and treating injuries to the hands and feet as well as spinal
problems. CT images can also be used to measure bone mineral density for
the detection of osteoporosis. CT can also play a significant role in
the detection, diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease that can lead
to stroke, kidney failure and death.
Due to the recent purchase of a new MRI machine from Siemens, Richmond
Hospital has been able to secure the state-of-the-art 128-slice Adaptive
CT scanner from Siemens at a cost of $500,000, far below market value.
The new CT scanner is now up and running and the old one was donated to
Powell River Hospital.
“Thanks to the community’s generous support, we now have this new
scanner that will allow our doctors to pick precisely which
cross-section of body parts we want to study,” says Lisa Westermark,
Chief Executive Officer of the Richmond Hospital Foundation. “We can now
provide world class diagnostic imaging service to our patients.”
Richmond Hospital Foundation is a registered charity that is committed
to raising money to fill the gap between government funding and the
greater needs of Richmond Hospital. Over 85% of new and replacement
medical equipment of Richmond Hospital is funded by the Richmond
Posted June 3, 2010